One ship is enough to expose Israel's siege of Gaza - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Alofs
    • 17.07.11 | 01:02 (IDT)

    The aim of the flotillas to Gaza was never just the delivery of aid. The aid given by the flotillas is merely symbolic. The primary aim is to expose the deliberate collective punishment that Israel continues to inflict on the civilian population of Gaza. If there is no siege, why systematically blockade the import of non-military goods and raw materials? Why make it impossible to import enough fuel in Gaza with the result that sewage works, hospitals and other vital public services do not function properly, which causes disease and deaths among Gaza's civilians? Why make it impossible to export anything for the benefit of Gaza's economy? Why prohibit Gaza's fishermen from fishing in the sea off Gaza; why harass, injure and kill them? The answer is: to inflict collective punishment on the civilian population of Gaza in the hope that the Hamas regime will collapse (which it doesn't). This is illegal and criminal under international law and the flotilla activists are right never to give up pointing this out as long as the siege continues.

    from the article: Gaza-bound ship carrying pro-Palestinian activists sets sail from Greece
    First published 00:13 17.07.11 | Last updated 00:13 17.07.11
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